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July 18, 2014

Help for teens who stutter is as close as your library

Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers.

Teens often face ridicule from classmates, and their stuttering affects their lives in various ways. They deal daily with embarrassment and frustration. There is hope, and stuttering can be reduced.

NBA basketball star Kenyon Martin, news anchor John Stossel and actors James Earl Jones and Nicholas Brendon are just a few of the many celebrities who struggle with stuttering.

More than 3 million Americans stutter, yet it remains misunderstood by most people, says Jane Fraser, Stuttering Foundation of America president. “Myths such as believing people who stutter are less intelligent or suffer from psychological problems still persist despite research refuting these erroneous beliefs.”

Books and DVDs produced by the nonprofit foundation are available free to any public library.

The book “Do You Stutter: A Guide for Teens” is available at the Batesville Memorial Public Library and Brookville Library, announces Patty Reed, an information specialist for the foundation.

For more information, persons can call 800-992-9392 or visit www.stutteringhelp.org.

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